I adore the Sopranos--perhaps more than the average fanatic--even if this season has been fairly disappointing between episodes two and a few weeks ago. For that reason, though, it's been very hard for me to watch the writers and producers make a mockery of therapy all these years. From a family connected to the profession, I have to say that not only has Dr. Melfi been a poor therapist--which is fine and interesting to show, though I'm not sure that creator David Chase saw her that way from day one. She, and others in the profession on the show, also cross all kinds of important lines that real therapists wouldn't cross. Such as: how she socializes with her therapist, Elliot Kupferberg, played by Peter Bogdanovich. Of course, the "new" research that he cites this season--that sociopaths actually don't benefit from therapy, and may use it to enable and rationalize their behaviors--is real even if it's 30 years old. But last's night's contention that "the new thing" is "psychodynamic" therapy really got therapists angry all over the country. Psychodynamic therapy, of course, evolved from Freud and is the sort of purist, old-school talking-cure therapy that's losing popularity on its own as eclectic integration of the form along with cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms grow across the country (though the psychodynamics still have a stronghold in New York; see the CUNY clinical psych graduate program). The point, however, remains that psychodynamic therapy is what Melfi has been using on Tony all this time (and that Tony is lucky to have found a true M.D. psychiatrist that actually doesn't just prescribe pills but speaks with her clients in an era when many private practice psychiatrists mainly do "medication management" so they can bill for five patients an hour and leave the talking to psychologists). Why Chase couldn't quite get this stuff right is beyond me (how about suggesting groundbreaking schema therapy for sociopathy--a way to change people with persistent personality disorders? Or perhaps Chase is implying that Melfi just decided to lie and insult Tony's intelligence for her own private victory over the sociopathic hulk, though I doubt he was going that deep). For this and other reasons--I loved Lorraine Bracco in Goodfellas, but has she turned in more than a few passable performances since Sopranos season one?--I am happy to see Dr. Melfi exit. Again, there's a lot of Sopranos love here, but this therapeutic and medical relationship wasn't exactly the highlight of the series that changed television, and more fans should recognize that.